After last night’s disappointing loss to the Rockies, Erik Bedard helped the Pirates rebound with a solid start. The offense did their part, and despite a shaky bottom of the ninth, the Jolly Roger was raised.
The Bucs went down on just six pitches in the first. Bedard loaded the bases in the first and was having some control issues, but got out of the jam. Colorado struck first in the third inning when Alex Presley dropped the would-have-been third out, and the Rockies went up 1-0. Cutch led off the fourth and tied the game up with an absolute bomb. It landed 442 feet from home plate, and was right down the LF line. The only concern was whether it would stay fair.
Bedard walked the leadoff man in the bottom of the fourth and gave up an RBI-triple; his only earned run on the night. He struck out the next two batters and got a flyout to avoid giving up any more runs. The Pirates’ big break came in the fifth when Christian Friedrich walked the first two guys. Bedard laid down a sac-bunt, and Presley drove in a run on a groundout. Drew Sutton came up with a clutch RBI-single, making it 3-2. Cutch singled, and Sutton scored on a wild pitch. Casey McGehee picked up another two-out RBI, putting the Bucs up 5-2.
Bedard got into some hot water in the seventh when he gave up a two-out single, followed by a walk. He really should have been taken out then, but Hurdle left him in to face Carlos Gonzalez. He walked CarGo, which ended his night after 6.2 innings. Jared Hughes escaped the bases-loaded jam by getting a flyout. Michael McKenry added some insurance in the eighth with an opposite-field double.
Chris Resop pitched a scoreless inning, setting up Juan Cruz for the ninth. He had absolutely no control, giving up two walks. With the save situation now in place, Hurdle brought in Joel Hanrahan to clean up the mess. Of course, he walked the first batter to load the bases, but got a strikeout to end the game.
Erik picked up his first win since June 8th, thanks to some slick defense by Barmes and Walker up the middle. Really fun game to watch, even though it was over three hours. J-Mac goes tomorrow at 3:40 EST.
Pirates (50-40) – Rockies (35-55)
Win: Bedard (5-10)
Loss: Friedrich (5-7)
Save: Hanrahan (25)